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Regina B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4499) interviewed by ,

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Videotape testimony of Regine B., who was born in Paris, France in 1925, the older child of Polish-Jewish immigrants. She recalls an impoverished, but intellectually satisfying childhood; increasing antisemitism; German invasion; evacuation to Limoges to escape bombings; expulsion from college because she was Jewish; internment in Drancy with her family; her mother convincing the camp administration to release Regine and her brother due to them being born in France; returning to her family home; denunciation by neighbors; escaping to Yerres with her brother; and hiding with a non-Jewish aunt, who was also hiding her Jewish uncle. Mrs. B. describes bartering for food with her aunt; receiving false papers; visiting Paris; receiving postcards from her parents until their deportation to Auschwitz; she, her brother, and her uncle being denounced, escaping arrest due to a visit to Paris; her uncle's arrest (she never saw him again); remaining at her aunt's house until liberation; returning to Paris; working at an American military outpost; and emigration to the United States with her brother. Mrs. B. discusses feeling empowered by sharing her experiences; and participation in the Brookline Holocaust Memorial Committee. She shows documents.

B., Regine, 1925-2014.
Brookline, Mass.: Brookline Holocaust Memorial Committee, 1991
Interview Date
April 23, 1991.
Paris (France)
Limoges (France)
Drancy (France)
Yerres (France)
Brookline (Mass.)
Cite As
Regine B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4499). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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